FUN-travel: Good ole US of A! – St. Augustine, FL

June 23, 2014 by  

Day 2 – Savannah to St. Augustine, FL – drive 177 miles

44 St. Augustine, Fla

  • 8:00 – coffee (just so-so)
  • 9:30 – breakfast – pretty average
  • 11:00 – depart
  • 1:45 – arrive 38 St. Augustine, Fla

Good News – parked on the main street – A1A – and fed parking meter $4.50 for 3 hours – takes credit cards – you don’t need to pay $10 in the visitor’s lot.

  • 1:50 – lunch

FUN-food – Meehan’s Irish Pub – recommended by the tourist booth 2 blks down – food arrives fresh daily (no microwave, no freezer) and good! mussels & entrée salad +2 ice teas = $39.00

  • 2:45 – stroll through historic city includes:
  • Original city wall
  • Colonial Quarter – a 2 acre living museum depicting life in the 1740s when it was ruled by Spain
  • Old City – lots of shops, restaurants & bars
  • Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse
  • Castillo de San Marcos – oldest masonry fort out on the water – in really great shape
  • Really pretty, well maintained city w/grand architecture & landscaping
  • 4:45 – drive off for Palm Coast
  • 6:15 – arrive Hampton Inn
  • 7:30 – dinner @Tomato Pie – in strip mall – good Italian food & pizza

FUN-facts – St. Augustine is the oldest city in the US – founded in 1565 – and is the next best thing to going to Spain without the jet lag. It is very well preserved and has lots of shops and restaurants.

32 St. Augustine, Fla

Oldest Wooden School

More FF – We stopped here on our way down from Savannah to the Palm Coast for my speaking engagement for the Florida CMAA Chapter.

Lesson Learned – Always check alternative airports. It was actually cheaper to fly into Savannah and out of Orlando than to fly round trip to Jacksonville.

39 St. Augustine, Fla

Castillo de San Marcos

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